Jan. 28, 2012
By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
BOISE, Idaho--The Rams did not expect an easy meet against new conference foe Boise State, and they did not find one. CSU fell Saturday to the defending Western Athletic Conference champion, 186-105, at the Boise-West Family YMCA.
“I thought the girls swam tough and the effort was there,” Head Coach Chris Woodard said, “but it just shows how young in experience you are going against a team like Boise. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t have 100-percent effort from everyone on the team and had some mistakes. That was tough to take.”
CSU had trouble racking in the points from the beginning. Locked out from placing in multiple events and only second- and third-place finishes throughout the meet, the gap between the Rams (4-6, 1-2 Mountain West) and the Broncos (4-1, 1-0 MW) only continued to widen.
“I think we knew there were certain areas where Boise could take it to us,” Woodard said, “but being beaten 1, 2, 3 in any event is a humbling experience and not one I want to experience again.”
Although the team could not take home a win, many athletes stepped up in their events and cut down their times.
Fran Mathias placed second in the 100 Fly with a time of 57.91 seconds, rivaling her out-of-altitude season best. There were gutty performances in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle by Kim Schemahorn. Maddie Mastrup cut down her season best of 17:53.53 in the 1650 Free by almost 20 seconds to 17:34.12. Mastrup’s performance earned her second place.
“She had a very good mile,” Woodard said, referring to Mastrup. “She’s really beginning to catch fire in her second half.”
On boards the divers continued their consistency. Shayna Solomon took second in both the 1- and 3- meter diving events.
This loss will not alter the Rams’ determination or their strategy for the season.
“I think we’re just going to keep focusing on what we always have been,” Woodard said. “The first part of the season was about building a foundation. The second part is focusing more on power and speed and the technical aspects of our starts and turns, all the little details.”
Friday and Saturday could prove to be just as challenging as Boise State. In their final two dual meets, the Rams will face back-to-back meets against the Air Force Academy and their biggest rivals, the Wyoming Cowgirls.
The bitter border rivalry will heat up the Cowgirls’ territoryFriday at Corbett Pool, with events beginning at 5 p.m. MT. The Rams and the Cowgirls have been trading wins and losses for the past nine seasons. In the past two seasons the Rams have fallen to the Cowgirls, which can only add to their determination.
“They are traditionally our biggest rivals,” Woodard said. “T.J.(Head Coach Tom Johnson) has definitely stepped it up these past few years. They’re doing a good job and we want to compete with them.”
Saturday, CSU will meet up against its Colorado Springs neighbor, Air Force. Currently the Rams hold a 14-seasonwinning streak against the Falcons, and hope to extend it to15, in a 1 p.m. dual at Moby Pool. Admission is free.